Issues: Judiciary

Griffo, Brindisi: More Family Court Judges Coming

UTICA - Sen. Joseph A. Griffo and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi jointly announced that they will work to ensure that Oneida County is assigned an additional Family Court judge.

The 2014-15 state budget includes $5 million for the addition of 20 new Family Court judges. The Unified Court System believes Oneida County is among those with the greatest need for a second judge, based on its number of filings.

April 8, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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Sen. Krueger, Assemblywoman Jaffee, Advocates Announce Legislation to Prevent Employer Discrimination Against Women for Reproductive Health Decisions

Today Senator Krueger and Assemblymember Ellen Jaffee (D-Suffern) unveiled legislation banning employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of their personal reproductive health decisions (S. 6578A / A. 8769). Known to advocates and legislators as the “Boss Bill,” this legislation would close a glaring loophole in New York’s existing workplace anti-discrimination laws.

March 5, 2014
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Warren County Family Court Judge bill advances in Senate

Legislation sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would authorize the creation of a second Family Court Judgeship in Warren County passed the Senate Judiciary Committee today.

February 27, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Judiciary Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Judiciary  Senator John J. Bonacic, Chair  10:00 AM, Thursday, February 27, 2014  Room 510 LOB

February 27, 10:00 AM - 10:06 AM
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Committee Meeting: Judiciary Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Judiciary Senator John J. Bonacic, Chair 11:30 AM, Tuesday, February 4, 2014 509 LOB

February 4, 11:30 AM - 11:35 AM
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Committee Meeting: Judiciary Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Judiciary Senator John J. Bonacic, Chair 9:30 AM, Tuesday, January 28, 2014 Room 123 CAP

January 28, 9:31 AM - 9:38 AM
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Senator Bonacic Attends Event Honoring Judge E. Michael Kavanagh

On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, Senator Bonacic attended an event to honor the public service of Judge Kavanagh.  Judge Kavanagh served a dedicated career as a District Attorney in Ulster County and a Supreme Court Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department. 

October 25, 2013
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Senator Bonacic is Recognized by the Dispute Resolution Center for CASA Funding Restoration

On Friday, September 27, 2013, Senator Bonacic attended a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) ceremony that recognized the successful restoration of essential CASA funding to the New York State 2013-2014 judiciary budget.  CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.

October 1, 2013
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Public Hearing: The hearing will focus on the Law Revision Commission report entitled Maintenance Awards in Divorce Proceedings

Senate Standing Committee on JudiciaryChair: Senator John J. BonacicPublic Hearing: The hearing will focus on the Law Revision Commission report entitledMaintenance Awards in Divorce ProceedingsPlace: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor,Albany, New YorkTime: 11:00 A.M.Contact: Jessica Cherry (518) 455-3181Media Contact: Jessica Cherry (518) 455-3181ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

September 24, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Spousal maintenance calculation

Senate Standing Committee on JudiciaryChair: Senator John J. BonacicPublic Hearing: Spousal maintenance calculationPlace: Van Buren Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New YorkTime: 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.Contact: Jessica Cherry (518) 455-3181Media Contact: Jessica Cherry (518) 455-3181ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

September 24, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Senator O'Brien praises action on legislative reform

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O'Brien applauded Governor Cuomo's announcement of a Moreland Commission to investigate the legislature and restore faith in Albany. After serious ethics violations and alleged lawbreaking took place, the legislature failed to enact meaningful reform.

July 2, 2013
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Summary of 2013 Senate Legislative Action

 

2013-2014 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

 

The New York State Senate approved the 2013-14 state budget that delivers on priorities outlined by the Senate Republican Conference to provide much-needed tax relief for middle-class families, help businesses create jobs, and, for the third consecutive year, the budget keeps spending growth below two percent, which is consistent with the local spending cap that applies to school districts and local governments.  It was also the third consecutive budget approved prior to the April 1 deadline.

 

June 24, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Judiciary Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Judiciary Senator John J. Bonacic, Chair Saturday, June 22, 2013 OFF THE FLOOR

June 22, 12:44 AM - 12:46 AM
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Committee Meeting: Judiciary Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Judiciary Senator John J. Bonacic, Chair 11:00 AM, Thursday, June 20, 2013 Room 124 CAP

June 20, 11:00 AM - 11:18 AM
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Committee Meeting: Judiciary Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Judiciary Senator John J. Bonacic, Chair 11:30 AM, Tuesday, June 4, 2013 Room 510 LOB

June 4, 11:30 AM - 11:50 AM
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Senator Bonacic's Bill to Counter "Paper Terrorism" Passes the Senate

Senator Bonacic speaks on the floor about his bill (S4042) to counter "paper terrorism," which is when false financing statements are filed against public officials in retaliation for carrying out their public duties. The bill passed the Senate 60-0. The bill will now be sent to the Assembly for consideration.

May 28, 2013
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